Coachella Valley agencies are considering various ways to conserve water during the state's extreme drought, including looking at landscaping water use.

The city of La Quinta, which already replaced the grassy borders at Civic Center Park with desert landscaping, is now looking at doing away with the lush grass surrounding city hall.

"We're going to be looking at a number of different areas where La Quinta can help reduce the amount of water use in our city and … turf is part of that," Mayor Pro Tem Lee Osborne said Monday. "We have to look at everything."

Tim Jonasson, public works director, said the city plans to partner with the Coachella Valley Water District, which provides water to the city and its residents, to replace its turf in the city.

The water district board of directors meets Tuesday and will be asked to impose mandatory watering restrictions in addition to increasing its water conservation program funding by $540,000 — including $130,000 more for turf replacement.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency in January and, on July 28, the State Water Resources Control Board imposed emergency measures that require water agencies and water users to increase water conservation or face potential fines.

The Palm Springs-based Desert Water Agency on Aug. 5 adopted mandatory water restrictions, prohibiting customers from hosing down driveways, prohibiting the watering of lawns and outdoor irrigation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and limiting the service of water at restaurants to only those who request it.

CVWD is being asked to approve similar water restrictions.

"With people being aware of the drought, we're anticipating it will increase interest in our (water conservation) program. We're expecting … more people to take advantage," district spokeswoman Heather Engel said Monday.

Engel said La Quinta could choose to participate in the district's rebate program directed toward large landscape users that include homeowners' associations, businesses and cities. The program also has a separate category for residential only.

Tuesday's discussion will include increasing the maximum rebate for the large landscape users from $10,000 per project to $25,000 per project. Users are allowed up to two projects.

La Quinta already converted its civic center park border to desert landscape a few years back, Jonasson said.

Rancho Mirage has also removed turf in the city by partnering with the CVWD on a "special cost share" program outside the realm of the rebate program, Engel said.

Jonasson said La Quinta had hoped to replace the turf around city hall this year, but couldn't afford the $477,000 price tag, so it's being pushed to next year as part of the capital improvement program.

He said he envisions the city working with CVWD in a similar fashion as Rancho Mirage as to not compete against HOA's for money.